Welcome to Urban Food Strategies

Urban Food Strategies is dedicated to creating healthier and more prosperous communities through reengineering regional food and agriculture systems. 

Janine de la Salle, Principal and one of Canada’s leading professionals in the emerging field of planning and designing for food and agriculture, brings over 10 years of specialized experience to implementing a wide range of regional to neighbourhood scale projects. Urban Food Strategies works with interdisciplinary teams, large and small local governments, developers, non-profits, and universities to provide a wide-range of food and agriculture planning, design and engagement services. We also collaborate with a close group of urban designers, agrologists, landscape architects, architects, farmers, retailers, nonprofit groups, land economists and site planners to develop highly innovative but implementable concepts and detailed plans. Our service areas include:








New Publication: Integrating Urban Agriculture

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New Publication: Integrating Urban Agriculture

Urban Food Strategies is thrilled to announce the publication of Integrated Urban Agriculture (2016). Edited by Robert L. France. Libri Publishing, Oxfordshire, UK.book-cover This book includes chapters from seventeen of North America’s preeminent authors and scholars on urban agriculture and urban food systems.

Comment from an anonymous, expert reviewer of the MS draft: This is an exciting interdisciplinary approach by a well-coordinated, closely working team. The book is accessible, well written, free of jargon, and full of pictures, graphics and charts. In all fairness, this is one of the most exciting and innovative books on urban agriculture I have seen in recent years. It combines original papers and commentary/reflections to them which make it a perfect candidate for class discussions. This volume is as much about imagining urban and urbanism as urban agriculture. In this sense people in social sciences, urban studies, environmental studies, architecture and urban planning will find this book very useful. This is an exceptional international, interdisciplinary, expert dream team. Many of these authors have already been recognized as key contributors to this literature. However, the way the book is designed — as a conversation among a group of scholars, thinkers, authors — allows fresh new insights and adds vibrancy to this volume. It is not a simple how to do UA book. It is a thoughtful book about re-imagining urban living, urban livelihoods, urban culture through urban agriculture. This is a fun book. If I would keep a few books on urban agriculture in my personal library this is definitely one of them. It is the outcome of a workshop and went through many edits and commentaries. It is ready to go. I would consider this as a key contribution to urban agriculture, urban design, planning and agricultural urbanism.

Hot off the Press: Social Innovation in Food Banks Report Now Available

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Hot off the Press: Social Innovation in Food Banks Report Now Available

After decades of front line, emergency food distribution, food banks are increasingly taking a critical look at their work. As chronic and persistent food insecurity continues to increase, many food banks are now looking to different, longer-term strategies which better focus on serving the long-term health, social justice and resilience of the individuals and communities they serve.title-page-only

To better understand the landscape of this work, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank contracted Urban Food Strategies to convene other food banks undertaking similar shifts in an exploratory research project. The report, ‘Social Innovation in Food Banks: An Environmental Scan of Social Innovation in Canadian and US Food Banks’includes candid interviews with 18 food organizations from across North America on their work, and presents a continuum of socially innovative practices in the sector.

We hope this report will help to continue to grow the food bank community of practice by supporting knowledge sharing and collective action.

This report will be the subject of a panel at Food Secure Canada’s ‘Resetting the Table’ conference in Toronto, ON, from October 13th – 16th, 2016.

To access the report, please click here

Kamloops Market Feasibility Study Launch

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Kamloops Market Feasibility Study Launch

On April 13, 2016 our project team lead by Greenchain Consulting and including Sustainability Ventures, Urban Food Strategies, and TRU Consulting, publically launched a feasibility study for a food market in downtown Kamloops.  This project was convened by Community Futures Thompson County, Farm 2 Chef,  The Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition and the Kamloops Regional Farmers Market.

The recommended market moKamloops Market Conceptual Layout Final Apr 7-16del included permanent and temporary food vendors, cafe, brew pub, production/incubation kitchen, teaching and learning space, and outdoor market space. The project team used best practice research and input from stakeholders to develop a concept and high-level business plan that tested the initial feasibility of a food market.  Under a set of conditions, it was found that the market is indeed feasible and met all but one of the feasibility criteria.

For more information on this initiative and to access the report please visit Community Futures Thompson County

Drawings and illustrations shown here have been produced by Anne Marie Whittaker at Modus Planning and Design with direction from Janine de la Salle at Urban Food Strategies.

NEW- Community Food Systems Course 2016

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NEW- Community Food Systems Course 2016


Food isn’t just about what we eat. Eating is only one part of a vast and highly complex global system that grows, processes, packages, markets, and ultimately discards food. Regrettably, today’s industrial food system is failing not only our communities, but also our environment and our bodies. But there is an alternative recipe for food systems—a sustainable one—that promises to bring food and agriculture back into our communities so that they’re more vibrant, vital, and healthy for everyone. Drawing from leading literature and best practices from across North America, this course will explore the many dimensions of mobilizing community food systems including: food politics, food and farming in BC, urban agriculture and farming, regional food economies, food hubs, healthy built environments, food in design, public policy and food systems, food recovery and waste, transitions in food banking and the charitable food sector, food justice, food democracy and the right to food, food culture, and indigenous food systems.

SCD 410 E100, Summer 2016

May 9th to June 20th (Intersession)

Tuesdays and Thursday 5:30-9:20pm

Harbour Centre 2205, 515 West Hastings Street

Questions? Contact scdadmin@sfu.ca

Mobile Fresh Markets: Social Innovation in Food Access

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Mobile Fresh Markets: Social Innovation in Food Access

Mobile fresh markets (MFM) are an emerging social innovation for increasing access to healthy food.  While mobile markets are clearly not a new invention per se, using MFMs as a strategy for increasing food access in low income, food insecure areas is a new approach.  MFMs have been increasing in popularity in the US for the past five years and are beginning to make an appearance in Canadian Cities.  Follow the file link below to download a 2 pager that summarizes what MFMs  are, how they operate, and strategies for developing financial break-even models.

Financial Snapshot of Mobile Fresh Markets in North America

Also, very exciting, there is currently a job posting for a mobile market operator in Vancouver BC: The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society is seeking a Curbside Fresh Market Operator to join our team for a seasonal, contract position. The ideal candidate is an outgoing, food savvy individual that is interested in helping increase access to healthy food in key areas throughout Vancouver. The Curbside Fresh Market Operator is an energetic, people person, comfortable in liaising with a broad range of populations and a passion for making a difference in the community.

Full job posting at: https://www.foodbank.bc.ca/sites/default/files/gvfbs-csfm-contract.pdf





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